Spotify Reveals Top Songs, Artists, Albums in India and Globally in 2020

Arijit Singh, Bad Bunny, 'Shayad', and 'The Blinding Lights' lead the way.

Spotify Reveals Top Songs, Artists, Albums in India and Globally in 2020

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  • Love Aaj Kal’s 'Shayad' top song in India on Spotify in 2020
  • The Weeknd’s 'Blinding Lights' takes the global honour
  • Most popular Spotify artists in India in 2020 same as last year

Ahead of Spotify Wrapped 2020, the world's leading subscription-based music streaming service has unveiled the most popular songs, artists, albums, and podcasts in India and across the world this year. The top three Spotify artists in India are unchanged, with Arijit Singh, Tanishk Bagchi, and Neha Kakkar ruling the podium as they were last year. But this time around, there are two international artists (BTS and Justin Bieber) on the top artists in India list. Amongst songs, 'Shayad' from Love Aaj Kal was the most streamed song on Spotify in India, followed by Trevor Daniel's 'Falling' and 'Ghungroo' from War. What's interesting is that both the latter songs are not from 2020. This is also true in the albums section, where Kabir Singh is still top, as it was last year.

Internationally, the top three artists are Bad Bunny, Drake, and J Balvin. Strangely, these artists have no presence in the top three songs of 2020 on Spotify, where The Weeknd's 'Blinding Lights' takes the top spot, with Tones and I's 'Dance Monkey' and Roddy Ricch's 'The Box' filling the next two spots. Bad Bunny's YHLQMDLG does take the top album spot, but there's still no sign of Drake and J Balvin on these charts.

While streaming is the dominant form of music consumption in mature markets, that's not the case in India. Still, according to a Deloitte-IMI report [PDF] from last September, audio streaming is the biggest contributor — around 78 percent — to the Indian music industry's revenue.

Spotify's personalised annual charts — Spotify Wrapped 2020 — which give you a playlist of your top songs, will begin rolling out on Tuesday and be available globally by Wednesday, Spotify told Gadgets 360. For now, here are the global and India charts:

Most-streamed artists on Spotify in 2020 (India)

  1. Arijit Singh
  2. Tanishk Bagchi
  3. Neha Kakkar
  4. BTS
  5. Pritam
  6. Badshah
  7. Shreya Ghoshal
  8. A.R. Rahman
  9. Jubin Nautiyal
  10. Justin Bieber

Most-streamed artists on Spotify in 2020 (Global)

  1. Bad Bunny
  2. Drake
  3. J Balvin
  4. Juice WRLD
  5. The Weeknd

Most-streamed female artists on Spotify in 2020 (India)

  1. Neha Kakkar
  2. Shreya Ghoshal
  3. Asees Kaur
  4. Tulsi Kumar
  5. Dhvani Bhanushali

Most-streamed female artists on Spotify in 2020 (Global)

  1. Billie Eilish
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Dua Lipa
  5. Halsey

Most-streamed songs on Spotify in 2020 (India)

  1. 'Shayad' by Arijit Singh, Pritam, Irshad Kamil
  2. 'Falling' by Trevor Daniel
  3. 'Ghungroo (From War)' by Arijit Singh, Shilpa Rao, Kumaar, Vishal-Shekhar
  4. 'Tujhe Kitna Chahne Lage (From Kabir Singh)' by Arijit Singh, Mithoon
  5. 'Makhna' by Asees Kaur, Tanishk Bagchi, Yasser Desai, Ozil Dalal
  6. 'Illegal Weapon 2.0' by Garry Sandhu, Jasmine Sandlas, Intense, Priya Saraiya
  7. 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd
  8. 'Garmi (From Street Dancer 3D) (feat. Varun Dhawan)' by Badshah, Neha Kakkar, Varun Dhawan
  9. 'Tu Hi Yaar Mera (From Pati Patni Aur Who)' by Arijit Singh, Neha Kakkar, Rochak Kohli, Kumaar
  10. 'Malang (Title Track) [From Malang – Unleash the Madness]' by Ved Sharma, Haarsh Limbachiyaa, Kunaal, Vermaa, Ved Sharma

Most-streamed songs on Spotify in 2020 (Global)

  1. 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd
  2. 'Dance Monkey' by Tones And I
  3. 'The Box' by Roddy Ricch
  4. 'Roses – Imanbek Remix' by Imanbek, SAINt JHN
  5. 'Don't Start Now' by Dua Lipa

Most-streamed albums on Spotify in 2020 (India)

  1. Kabir Singh, Various Artists
  2. Love Aaj Kal, Pritam
  4. Arijit Singh Broken Strings, Arijit Singh
  5. Changes, Justin Bieber
  6. Love Yourself 結 'Answer', BTS
  7. After Hours, The Weeknd
  8. Hollywood's Bleeding, Post Malone
  9. G.O.A.T., Diljit Dosanjh
  10. Romance, Camila Cabello

Most-streamed albums on Spotify in 2020 (Global)

  1. YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny
  2. After Hours, The Weeknd
  3. Hollywood's Bleeding, Post Malone
  4. Fine Line, Harry Styles
  5. Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa

Most-streamed podcasts on Spotify in 2020 (India)

  1. TED Talks Daily
  2. The Ranveer Show
  3. On Purpose with Jay Shetty
  4. Maha Bharat with Dhruv Rathee
  5. 7 Good Minutes Daily Self-Improvement Podcast with Clyde Lee Dennis
  6. Bhaskar Bose
  8. Gita for the Young and Restless
  9. The Michelle Obama Podcast
  10. English Speeches | Learn English

Most-streamed podcasts on Spotify in 2020 (Global)

  1. The Joe Rogan Experience
  2. TED Talks Daily
  3. The Daily
  4. The Michelle Obama Podcast
  5. Call Her Daddy

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Akhil Arora
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil ...More
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